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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
1244 tasting notes

Ugh, my throat is so sore. I love my sister, niece and nephew, but every time I see them this happens (they are adorable little plagues, and now I’m a not so adorable big plague and must act accordingly. sigh).

This tea has citric snap from assorted berries and citrus (and maybe the bright black base), with a hint of indulgent pepper and vanilla. It tastes great with or without milk, despite having what I suspect is a bergamot inclination.

There’s a lot going on here but it’s pleasingly well-balanced and round; it also feels like a “everyday” drinker, despite the pretenses it gives off. Unlike some teas from this company, I fell in love with it right away too. I’m trying to savour my 100g because I don’t know when I’d order from Mariage Freres again, but it’s likely in vain. I reach for this one a lot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Black Currant, Blackberry, Citrus, Fruity, Malt, Pepper, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML
Shae

I referred to my nephews as germ incubators this week, but I think adorable little plagues sounds much better. I hope you feel yourself again soon!!

Shae

*Feel like yourself again soon. Oops…

CrowKettle

lol, I totally didn’t catch that typo the first read-through,

Thank you for the well wishes, as well as the unintentional laugh XD

Evol Ving Ness

Hope this throat thing is dispatched quickly. Good excuse for tea with honey. Or just tea. This tea sounds quite lovely.

Kelmishka

Ahh, the same thing happens when we visit with our nephews. Tiny plague vectors! Hope you feel better soon.

CrowKettle

Thanks everyone :)

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Shae

I referred to my nephews as germ incubators this week, but I think adorable little plagues sounds much better. I hope you feel yourself again soon!!

Shae

*Feel like yourself again soon. Oops…

CrowKettle

lol, I totally didn’t catch that typo the first read-through,

Thank you for the well wishes, as well as the unintentional laugh XD

Evol Ving Ness

Hope this throat thing is dispatched quickly. Good excuse for tea with honey. Or just tea. This tea sounds quite lovely.

Kelmishka

Ahh, the same thing happens when we visit with our nephews. Tiny plague vectors! Hope you feel better soon.

CrowKettle

Thanks everyone :)

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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